Coke, Pepsi, Wai Wai, Mentos & More Are The Biggest Plastic Polluters In India In 2022

by Sanjana Shenoy
Coke, Pepsi, Wai Wai, Mentos & More Are The Biggest Plastic Polluters In India In 2022

It’s quite ironic that Coca-Cola, one of the main sponsors of the COP27 summit, fighting climate change, is named one of the biggest plastic polluters in not just India but the world. Coca-Cola is the worst plastic polluter not just in 2022 but in the last five years running. ‘Break Free From Plastic’ issued a global brand audit which named Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé as the top 3 plastic polluters from across the world for the past 5 years, apart from 2022. Here’s all about it.

Coca-Cola & PepsiCo Are World’s Worst Plastic Polluters Since 5 Years

According to a report by The Indian Express, apart from Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, an instant noodle company is a major plastic polluter. No, it’s not Maggi. It’s Wai Wai noodles’ parent company, CG Foods India Pvt Ltd. Also, Perfetti Van Melle, the company producing Chupa Chups lollipops, Mentos and our beloved Alpenliebe, made it to the top plastic polluters’ list of 2022.

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Milk Companies In India Also On Radar

While soft drink companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo faced flak for being the biggest plastic polluters in the past 5 years, milk companies weren’t far behind in India. The Karnataka Milk Federation and Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd were the worst plastic offenders in the past two years.

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John Hocevar, Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director in particular raised concerns about Coca-Cola being the world’s worst plastic polluter. Hocevar stated that the cold drink giant produces 120 billion one-time-use plastic bottles with 99 per cent of them made from fossil fuels. So, this worsens both the climate and plastic crisis. He stated that Coca-Cola hasn’t even acknowledged this problem or even met its climate goals.

Well, all we can do is reuse and recycle plastic cold drink bottles and minimise our carbon footprint. Meanwhile, we hope India and the world’s worst plastic offenders take ownership and do their bit to fight climate change.

News Source: The Indian Express

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